Thanga Tamilselvan explains why he joined DMK

AMMK propaganda secretary Thanga Tamilselvan, who joined the DMK on Friday, said party leader M K Stalin had distinct leadership qualities and was capable of taking bold decisions.

Quoting the famous lines of Dravidian ideologue and DMK founder C N Annadurai “maatran thottathu mallikaikkum manam undu” (which meant that even those in the opposite camp had value), Tamilselvan said Stalin followed it.

Asked if he joined the DMK in view of reported opposition to him from Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s camp to join the AIADMK, he said only a party with a unitary leadership could function well.

Selvan said: “I took the decision after observing MK Stalin’s leadership skills. He had the will power and guts to ensure his late father M Karunanidhi gets a burial spot in Marina. Though the DMK lost in the RK Nagar bypoll, he proved his leadership in the recently held Lok Sabha polls.”

Selvan has had a strong presence in Madurai and Theni districts. He was made AMMK’s Theni candidate for Lok Sabha elections against OP Ravindranath Kumar, son of AIADMK leader and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam. However, he lost the bypoll.

Tamilselvan said a political party headed by a single leader alone could offer proper leadership and the AIADMK, after the demise of the late Jayalalithaa, was under the control of multiple leaders and was not able to take any decision.

“The party is controlled by the BJP and I would not like to join the party at the expense of my self-respect,” he said, when asked whether he opted out of joining the AIADMK because of his rivalry with Panneerselvam.

He exuded confidence that the DMK would give him a suitable post after seeing his work for the organisation.